MINNSpire Kick-Off: Why Minnesota Volunteers Matter to the World's Women (9/11)

  • Posted on: 30 July 2014
  • By: kbaumgae
Susan Cornell Wilkes; MINNSpire Kick Off: Why Minnesota Volunteers Matter to the World's Women
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

St Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave, Room 128 in the Library, St. Paul, MN 55105

The Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) will host an event on September 11, 2014, at the University of St. Catherine on the importance of empowering women abroad. Doors open at 6pm for registration, networking and light appetizers, with the program beginning at 6:30 pm. This FREE event is open to everyone who is interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities for making a difference in the lives of women around the world. This event will also serve as a kick-off for the launch of MINN’s new four-part educational series entitled MINNspire aimed at helping Minnesotans over the age of 50, in particular women, discover how to make a difference by volunteering their skills or consulting abroad.

The free kick-off event on September 11th, will provide an engaging discussion on the empowerment of women worldwide and will feature such notable speakers as Susan Cornell Wilkes (photo above) founder of Global Horizons for Women, who will speak about her passion for working with women abroad. In addition, Nancy Stephan founder of Honoring Women Worldwide will speak about her organization's mentoring program for first-generation college women in Minnesota and opportunities to mentor women here in Minnesota.

This free event is open to ANYONE with an interest in volunteering or consulting abroad and/or a passion for mentoring women here or abroad.

Empowered women exercise their rights and fulfill their potential as equal members of society. They not only shape their own lives, they profoundly influence those around them, their families, communities, and the next generation. Gender equality is recognized as an essential component of sustainable economic development programs throughout the world. Women with direct experience in international development, particularly in the advancement of equal opportunity for women and girls, will share their personal experiences at this event.

While this event is free, we do kindly request that you RSVP HERE online.

Special thanks to Global Horizons for Women for its sponsorship of the MINNspire kick-off event, and enabling free attendance to participants. Also thanks to the Leadership Institute at St. Catherine University for partnering with us for this event.

MINNspire the Series: Use your Life Experience to Serve the World

MINN is thrilled to share a new curriculum for Minnesotans ages 50+ who have experience, or are looking to gain experience, in the international sector through, primarily, short-term volunteer and consulting opportunities abroad. This paid four-part series begins in November and extends into the spring of 2015. The series will feature professional volunteer coordinators, experienced international volunteers and others with on the ground, real-world experience in the international development sector. It will provide a supportive environment for participants to express and explore their passion, as well as their fears, regarding giving back abroad and will encourage participants to identify a plan and report back to the group on their action steps. 

Registration for MINNspire Cohort #1 is now closed. Enrollment for MINNspire Cohort #2 for the Spring/Summer 2015 will be considered in the future, depending on demand.  If this is of interest to you and/or you wish to learn more, please write [email protected]. Click HERE to learn more about Cohort #1, including prices.